Rangers players will report to their first training camp under new head coach Alain Vigneault on Wednesday September 11th, the team announced on Tuesday. Camp will once again take place at the MSG Training Center, though the team will also play six pre-season games---all on the road---over an 11 day span beginning on September the 16th.
This will be the second time in the past three years---there were no pre-season games a year ago due to the lockout---in which the Blueshirts will play all of their pre-season contests on the road due to the reconstruction of Madison Square Garden. This summer's phase is the final part of The Garden's reconstruction, which will also mean that the Rangers will start the regular season on the road again.
However the club will be playing a pair of pre-season games close to home when they kick off their schedule with the Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark on September the 16th and follow it up the next night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for a clash with the Flyers.
The Rangers will then head out west for their final four pre-season games: September 23rd in Calgary, September 24th in Edmonton, September 26th in Vancouver, and September 27th against the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas. The contest on the 26th will draw much interest---even if only a pre-season game---as it will be Vigneault's first return to Vancouver as Rangers coach, and the Blueshirts first game against former coach John Tortorella.
After the game in Las Vegas, the Rangers will return home for their final preparations for the regular season at the MSG Training Center.
The 2013-14 regular season schedule will be released soon, with games expected to start in early October.